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Iranians Studying Nuclear Physics In UK

From the UK’s Sunday Times:

Iranians work on a new construction site at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in southern Iran.

Iranians study nuclear physics in Britain

Jack Grimston
October 28, 2007

THE Foreign Office has cleared dozens of Iranians to enter British universities to study advanced nuclear physics and other subjects with the potential to be applied to weapons of mass destruction.

In the past nine months about 60 Iranians have been admitted to study postgraduate courses deemed “proliferation-sensitive” by the security services. The disciplines range from nuclear physics to some areas of electrical and chemical engineering and microbiology.

Additionally, figures obtained by David Willetts, the shadow secretary for innovation, universities and skills, show that in 2005-06, 30 Iranians were doing postgraduate degrees in subjects covering nuclear physics and nuclear engineering…

Willetts said: “Given that we need to have tougher sanctions against Iran, it does seem extraordinary that the government is not yet stopping Iranians coming here to study nuclear physics. There is legitimate concern about what some students have been studying.” …

Currently, vetting is done only when a university voluntarily informs the government that a candidate from outside the EU has been offered a place to study a sensitive subject…

Hey, why not?

I hear they make great medical students, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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